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U-Turn is a lurid, stylish lark that boasts striking moments but lacks the focus and weight of Oliver Stone best work.



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Oliver Stone takes a breather from politics with this violent and frequently very funny black comedy about a gambler whose car breaks down near an Arizona mining town filled with thieves, vamps and killers.

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Sean Penn
as Bobby Cooper
Nick Nolte
as Jake McKenna
Jennifer Lopez
as Grace McKenna
Powers Boothe
as Sheriff Potter
Joaquin Phoenix
as Toby N. Tucker
Jon Voight
as Blind Man
Abraham Benrubi
as Biker No. 1
Valery Nikolaev
as Mr. Arkady
Aida Linares
as Jamilla
Laurie Metcalf
as Bus Station Clerk
Liv Tyler
as Girl in Bus Station
Richard Rutowski
as Biker No. 2
Sean Stone
as Boy in Grocery Store
Annie Mei-Ling Tien
as Short Order Cook
Sheri Foster
as Grace's Mother
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A very poor movie for Sean Penn, don't think this one did much for him. Its one of those movies you start to watch and think about turning it off, but you watch till the end just to see if something happens. 2 stars. 8-20-12

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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Oliver Stone's surreal nightmare.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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Many ripped this one, and while you can easily point a bunch of really annoying things going on (Lopez character and Penn beign tricked again and again) this is an enjoyable romp for us who prefer more acid and less optimistic stories. Not to mention that compared with what Stone has being doing in the last years, it's gold.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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An amazing Neo-Noir/Western that's almost impossible to not enjoy on at least some level. The story is incredibly well-written and the characters are perfectly twisted. Sean Penn delivers a great performance as Bobby Cooper, in debt and in need of a break. There's also soe great supporting performances from Billy Bob Thorton, Nick Nolte and Joaquin Phoenix to name a few. It's very much the same kind of irony that is present in most Noirs, that you never get off easy. It's also one of the best shot Oliver Stone movies, but that tends to be the case with every single one of his movies. I loved the use of over-exposure and 16mm film every once in a while.

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Conner Rainwater

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